Robert issues denial

Last updated : 17 September 2003 By Martyn Elliott

A statement on his notorious website on Wednesday read (forgive any mistakes in translation, but hopefully I have the gist of it right):

Contrary to what has been said these last few days, Newcastle didn't fine me the reported 55,000 Euros. Once again, the journalists have amused themselves by saying anything.

I find it truly regrettable that the press go fiercely and unrelentingly at me and at Newcastle. The most unbelievable thing, being that I never speak to the English press. Then when I read in the newspapers that I criticised the choices of Bobby Robson, I asked myself many questions.

I discussed it with Bobby Robson. He confirmed to me that the club supported me, and then, evidently, the 55,000 Euros fine was a pure invention of the press.

Equally, all my team-mates are with me. I will return tomorrow for an interview, where I will enter into more detail.”

Well can you contain your excitement ahead of the full interview?